Willy Mendoza, DDS / CHOICE Bolivia Director
Willy Mendoza is from La Paz and has been the Director of CHOICE Bolivia since 1999. Has been working with CHOICE Humanitarian since he was a young man and under the mentorship of James B. Mayfield, Ph.D., and Tim Evans DDS. Willy is a professional dentist by trade and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Village Development and has a Master's Degree in Water Projects from NUR University. He is currently studying to become a lawyer at the Public University El Alto. He works with his team in Bolivia on water systems, the environment, health, education, and cultural appreciation of the Altiplano region of Bolivia. Willy works tirelessly to support self-sufficiency within the Aymara communities. He promotes the self-development of the Bolivian people by incorporating CHOICE’s Model of Leadership Development, community building from the ground up.
He was born in La Paz. His father was a leader of 64 villages in the province of Ingavi, Department of La Paz. His father was also a teacher in the communities and Willy learned early in life to respect, honor, and appreciate the leadership and culture of an Altiplano community.
He followed the cultural beliefs and led his life within the strictures of indigenous Aymara Culture. Willy is engaged with the people in Bolivia and deeply respects the traditional way of the Aymara nation. Today Willy has inherited the great leadership and authority qualities (Mallcu) of his father. Willy has done extensive work as a professional translator between Spanish and Aymara and continues to volunteer his time facilitating communication between the speakers of both languages in his community. He is married to Maxima Mendoza and he has three daughters.
Working for CHOICE Bolivia is very fulfilling to him. Prior to working at CHOICE, he worked as an evaluator in the Altiplano. Once when visiting a family's home, no one answered the door, but he heard a sound behind the home. There he found a man and a child. The man told him that his wife had cancer and the only thing they could do was wait for her to die. Willy gave the woman some water and food. She did not have on many clothes and the cold in the Altiplano can be intense. Willy then understood the reality of being poor and felt a lot of pain. Over time he learned that poverty is a lack of opportunity - a phrase he still uses in his work.
Maxima Mendoza / Director of Administration / Accounting Manager / Expeditions Coordinator
Maxima was born La Paz and is married to Willy Mendoza. Maxi is a dentist and also holds a masters degree in public health, elaboration of rural projects, and higher education, from San Andres University. She is responsible for the administration of the CHOICE Bolivia Center and also for the team’s finances and expeditions. Maxi has worked for CHOICE Bolivia for 20 years. She also works with HAART (Handicrafts of the Ampara Andina Artisans Associations of Aymara women) who make fabrics, scarves, gloves, ceramics, and others by hand. Maxima and Willy have three daughters.
German Justo Laura Alanoca / Water & Sanitation Technician
German Justo Laura Alanoca was born in Puerto Perez, La Paz. He is and has four children. German, had worked with CHOICE Bolivia more than 25 years. He has experience in manufacturing and handling of hand pumps, solar tents, water systems, and ecological classrooms. German did not have the opportunity to study, he only went to primary school, but he is a man with a lot of experience and knowledge earned from 25 years of fieldwork. He is charismatic and speaks both Spanish the native language (Aymara) which makes him an invaluable trainer when working with community leaders or the general public.
Julio Mancilla Castro / Agronomist / Education & Videography Specialist
Julio Mancilla Castro is from Ingavi, La Paz. He studied metallurgy and smelting at Pedro Domingo Murrilo. He is an auto technician with studies in the CEMA (educational center for the elderly). He also studied agriculture at UMSA (San Andres University) and has experience in gardening and in solar tents. He is responsible for the implementation of the greenhouses and agriculture training of the DESCOM (Desarrollo Comunitario). He works with children and parents in the greenhouses and the eco-friendly classrooms in coordination with our French volunteers. He also helps with the CHOICE Bolivia Center and is also responsible for taking photos and videos of all projects. Julio is a widower and has a daughter.
Amado Gutierrez Choque / Communication Specialist
Amado joined the CHOICE Bolivia team in 2018 as the Communication Specialists. Making videos, reports, photography and life stories about the teams projects and programs. Amado graduated from the Public University of El Alto and worked as a journalist, a cameraman at different television stations and with the goal of educating, raising awareness and informing society about caring for the environment, respect for water, and violence and machismo that are latent problems in Bolivia. Amado is single but has a mother from Gutierrez and he has a brother that is an artist.
Guisela Paola Carbajal Flores / Accounting Specialist
Guisela studied at La Salle University and graduated as an auditor, but took many accounting classes. She is married with three children and lovesspending time with her family. Currently she works in the accounting area of CHOICE Bolivia.
Felix Primitivo Vargas / Senior Technician & Vehicle Maintenance Specialist
Felix was born in Puerto Perez, La Paz. He studied automotive mechanics at the Simon Bolívar Institute. He also studied in middle-level turnery at the INFOCAL institute. He has experience in the manufacturing and management of hand pumps, solar tents, construction of ecological classrooms, and drinking water systems. He has worked for CHOICE Bolivia for more than 25 years. Felix is married and has four children. He is a man who has achieved his knowledge through much experience working in
Guido Mamani Vargas / Engineering Supervisor and Project Development Manager
Guido is from the Omasuyos Province of La Paz Bolivia and began working with CHOICE Bolivia in 2018 on water systems. He has a degree from the University Mayor de San Andrés. Previously he worked at a municipality supervising civil contracting jobs and road construction jobs. He has his parents, one brother, and three sisters who he loves to spend time with. He also loves soccer, volleyball, and indoor football.